This paper examines the small sample properties of three testing strategies used to analyze the rationality, monetary neutrality and market efficiency hypotheses. We focus on the original 'two-step' Barro test of the MRE hypothesis formed entirely from OLS results, a test that employs the correct variance-covariance formulae for these 'two-step' estimates, and Mishkin's FIMLE testing framework. Each test is examined under likely model respecifications. The findings highlight the extensive bias incurred by drawing inferences from simple unadjusted 'two-step' estimates and reveal the relative power of all tests in identifying alternatives to the null hypotheses.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics